New York Islanders Daily Link: Free Agent Edition
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On July 1st all pending unrestricted free agent become actual unrestricted free agents and every team in the league is able to negotiate with them. Same goes for RFA that weren’t handed a qualifying offer by their teams, remember? (RFAs: What you should know?)
Instead of talking about what UFAs or RFAs may leave the New York Islanders, Newsday put together a list of UFAs that could be tempted to Brooklyn, and what it might take.
Unsurprisingly Steven Stamkos is first on the list. The 26-year-old superstar should be at the front of every team’s UFA plans. He’s just that good.
Stamkos has 562 points in his young 569 game NHL career. He’s tied for 8th in scoring since he came into the league in 2008-09. The only issue facing Stamkos is his health.
Stamkos is currently sidelined with blood clots. A serious ailment that requires equally serious medication. Once you’ve had one you are more susceptible for another.
So do GMs such as Garth Snow take a chance at signing Stamkos knowing his predicament? Does he offer up the potential $70-$77 million it might take to sign Stamkos? It would be almost irresponsible if he didn’t at least think about it, but being gun shy with that kind of money is understandable.
New York Islanders Round-up From Around the Web
Here’s a link the Newsday piece and the full list of linked unrestricted free agents. (Newsday)
The Hockey Writers look back at the draft that ushered in the John Tavares era in Islanders history. It also brought us Calvin de Haan and Andres Lee. (The Hockey Writers)
Today’s Slapshot puts forward a solution to Kyle Okposo leaving town, sign Pittsburgh Penguins forward and pending UFA David Perron. (Today’s Slapshot)
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On this day 36 years ago Bobby Nystrom scored a famous goal for the New York Islanders. His overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Finals won the Islanders their first of four cups. (NHL.com)